Interview conducted February 2021 on unceded Kaurna land. Always was, always will be.
Irene’s reflections on the Springbok tour.
We had arrived in Adelaide from NZ a couple of months before, and the family had spent most of the time in and around Elizabeth. The airport was an amazing sight! There were so many people – I would guess many thousands – they were not only filling the building, but were spread all across the runways and surrounding grassy areas. In those days there was just a waist-high fence dividing the people from the runways and you just climbed down or up the stairs to the plane and walked across the asphalt to the building. So it was easy to get onto the runway area.
There was no way any plane could land or take off while we were all there!
Once the message came through from the Uni that the first of the Springboks had been taken to that motel the entire crowd streamed over there (it was somewhere nearby) and filled the road around the motel. The noise was incredible. The student on the motorbike had rung the Uni students’ office. It was long before the days of mobile phones.
Sekai Holland was from Zimbabwe and came from Sydney, following the Tour around the country. I’ll never forget the faces of the Springboks as she leaned into their just-arrived taxi at the motel, snarling at them “Feusack Springbok!”, as though they were vicious wild dogs. They cringed back into their seats, clearly wishing they could get out and away from the baying crowd.
Mary Jose’s delightful studio, listen to this fascinating interview of the importance of story and culture, woven on to fabric. Beautiful fabrics of all shapes and sizes depicting time and place and from all over the world. To find out more visit
This interview was conducted on Kaurna land. Always was, always will be.
I am honoured to be able to say I have a copy of this beautiful book; I’ve read it 3 times now and each time I get more from it. Have a listen to the author, Julian Aguon giving these 2 readings as well as an explanation of how this book came about. The interview sound quality is not great, mobile to mobile, Guam to Adelaide Australia, but it is a sampler of what you will get if you purchase it, which you can do from IMPRINTS, see the link in the post. I promise you it is worth every one of its Aussie $50. Please share widely so as many people as possible get to own this wonderful book and Julian would love it if it could be shared into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as well, and hey, we should try and bring him over for next year’s writers week, so spread the word. I will attach the reviews which include so many famous people when I post this
Local advocate for city living, accessibility and sustainability Keiran Snape is talking here about his hopes to become area Councillor for the City of Adelaide and the platforms he will be standing on.
This interview was conducted in Melinda’s beautiful straw bale home on the land of the Kaurna people, sovereignty never ceded. It is about fabrik and blankets and art and bushfires and recovery. It is important and inspirational and is just the beginning of a long story waiting to be told.
This is an image of the drawing on the wall by Belinda Broughton, she lost her house and drew a representation of her property on the wall of the gallery, using charcoal from the fire.
The artwork is called Charcoal Drawing with No Name
The installation in the foreground is by Evette Sunset and it is called Eye of the Storm
The exhibition was called Solastalgia and it was curated by Jo Wilmot. It showed at Fabrik during the 2020 Fringe Festival.
When you have listened to part 2 and 3 you will understand what this is all about.
Marjon Martin has lived in the inner city of Adelaide since 1994. Born in the Netherlands and from the age of 8 grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. After a fair bit of travel around the world she chose Adelaide as the place to live. “I think the strength of communities determines the quality of life we lead. I enjoy telling stories as a means of sharing experiences.” Marjon shares her extensive knowledge about building community and the importance of community centres and inclusivity.
The photo shows just a little of what goes on in the South West Community Centre.
This short conversation with Sharon Ede is a teaser for a longer interview that will go into more depth on Sharon’s new book MAGE which will be launched in mid-March. First let me say I loved it; I reckon it has something for everyone. Because our chat was mobile to mobile there are some digital crackles, but it is enough to whet your appetite for more of what MAGE offers.
Sharon is an urbanist and activist with a background in grassroots environmental work, particularly with Urban Ecology Australia in the ecological cities movement, and as a cofounder of the Post Growth Institute. She has worked in State government in South Australia for twenty years, in roles including environmental planning, greening of government, resource efficiency and collaborative economy.
Sharon was selected as a Sharing Cities Fellow in 2016 by US-based Shareable to collaborate on producing a book, contributing to the Housing and Mobility chapters of ‘Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons’, and in 2017 successfully advocated for funding for community based shared fabrication spaces, including the flagship Makerspace Adelaide.
In 2020, she published her first fiction novel, MAGE, which has the tagline: ‘What if we could feel the future before it arrives?’
Part 1 and 2 of a wonderful chat I had with Mel Angel and Ned Baulderstone on the importance of early childhood learning and language and place. A fine example of what can be achieved and the benefits that can come from a collaboration with children, teachers, artists and in this case a Kaurna cultural advisor Ngaitalya Tamaru. Part 2 has Ned singing some catchy little songs that came about through that collaboration.